by | Jul 7, 2020

Chocolate and Coffee

It’s World Chocolate Day and although we don’t really need an excuse to indulge our sweet tooth, we wanted to pay tribute to the most underrated pair, chocolate and coffee. High quality chocolate and coffee are complex with unique taste profiles. The smoothness and silkiness of chocolate heightens the richness and body in a good cup of coffee. So, if paired properly, this combination hits all the right notes.

Washed coffees

Washed coffees are clean and full of flavour, especially those that originate from Africa. They do, however, lack that lingering cocoa finish. When enjoyed with the Lindt Excellence Dark 70% Cocoa Chocolate, a washed Arabica coffee presents deep layers of complexity with a well-rounded finish. This pair makes for a flavourful experience.

Central American coffees

Coffee from Guatemala is known for its sweetness and rich chocolatey notes. It also tends to have a bittersweet cocoa taste with a nutty undertone. This coffee balances well with a citrus type of chocolate. So it goes down like liquid gold when enjoyed with Terry’s dark chocolate Orange or Lindt’s Citrus White Chocolate truffles which really bring out the creaminess in both the chocolate and the coffee.

South American coffees

Brazilian coffee has a dense, creamy nut base which is enhanced when enjoyed with a smooth milk chocolate like Cote D’Or Mignonettes. When paired, the coffee helps to balance the sweetness in the cocoa. As a result, a truly desirable and delectable combination is made.

 

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Chocolate and Coffee

African coffees

Coffee from Kenya and Ethiopia is fruity and acidic. It also presents a slight sourness on the tongue. Coffee from these regions are best paired with a sweeter type of chocolate like a Ferrero Rocher. The finely chopped nuts in this chocolate bring out the brightness in the coffee.

Asian coffees

Coffee coming out of Asia tends to be heavily bodied, low in acidity and can have an earthy flavour. This is generally a love it or hate it coffee as some people might find it overpowering. The earthliness and spiciness in the brew interacts well with a salty type of treat, like Frey’s Supreme Dark Caramel Sea Salt. This is because of the heavy contrast between the two. This combination has a natural synergy.

Apart from being a delicious duo, these pairs have many similar aspects. Farms for both are situated on common latitudes. Both are the seeds of a fruit that grows on trees. Plus, they undergo a similar process in order to bring out their unique flavour profiles.

 

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